Best Bribe: Port Covington Neighborhoods

In promising to pay some $30 million to a “coalition” of six poor and mostly African-American neighborhoods bordering his planned Port Covington project, Under Armour Founder Kevin Plank has made, in the words of one underling, a “historic” deal. He even gets a say—it is as yet unclear how much—in how the money will be spent. “It’s a partnership rather than any type of grant or gift,” Tom Geddes, CEO of Plank Industries, assured a press conference scrum. “We wanted to have a robust agreement with the South Baltimore communities.” Representatives of said communities shortly turned up at a Planning Board meeting, singing the billionaire’s praises. And they can be expected to continue to do so until they start fighting over the scraps (less than 2 percent of Plank’s personal assets) they’ve been promised

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